Interlude: Intercultural Remixes
In “Interlude: Intercultural Remixes,” Wood examines an instance of intercultural music-making recorded during the early seventeenth-century voyage of Martin Pring. A youth in Pring’s company plays a gittern while the Abenaki peoples sing and dance. The musical performances are layered, or palimpsested, over one another and create an entirely different-sounding music that is a product of two cultures, not simply the accompaniment of one culture to another. This brief chapter then considers the role music plays in two film productions—Disney’s Pocahontas (1995) and Terrence Malick’s The New World (2005). It concludes that only one musical piece between these two films echoes the intercultural production of music described in the account of Pring’s journey 400 years earlier.